The title obviously gives away what the book is about. In his capacity as a mentor Harry accompanies Detective Bella Lourdes probably Louie to the scene of a double homicide. Thirty years ago Harry helped put a man named Preston Borders on death row for a vicious rape and murder. As a result, the district attorney is looking to vacate Borders' conviction, and a court hearing is scheduled. As a kid, Vic uses this skill to retrieve lost objects. Throughout some chapters, the book seemed very long because sometimes the sentences were starting to become repetitive. Imagine a disease causing organism - like a parasite - that needs to pass from one host to another to survive and reproduce? Sniffer dogs at work After watching the indoor training session at the Working Dog Center, Horowitz observed dogs in the field, searching for a person hiding in a barrel.
I mean, I read Horowitz's last book, Inside of a Dog, which I enjoyed even though I am not particularly a dog person. Horowitz acknowledges that she found almost all the aromas unnamable, though she recognized coconut, bubble gum, pencil shavings, almond extract, wheat grass, and Smarties candy. Still, well worth reading for people interested in the subject. Truffles - which are underground mushrooms - smell wonderful to dogs and are very valuable to people. Alexandra Horowitz, a psychology professor specializing in canine cognition, tells us about her two dogs and experiments.
Horowitz has penned many books about dogs, and - in this informative volume - writes about the sense of smell in dogs and humans. Dog being shown a truffle Truffle dogs at work Pile of truffles Unlike sniffer dogs, our pet pooches - who get fed at home and discouraged from dallying on walks - have let their noses go dormant. Horowitz takes you on a journey, in which she attempts to smell more in the way her dogs do. The book is full of intriguing information. Me, non-fiction and the Kindle--we're a match made in heaven. The most memorable for me, is the group that Horowitz joins in order to sniff out New York City.
The author noted that each dog had its own style, and each was a model of efficiency. There are occasional redundancies, but few. Dog owners curious about the lives of their pets will savor this book, but it deserves a wider audience than just animal lovers. From revealing the spectacular biology of the dog snout, to speaking to other cognitive researchers and smell experts across the country, to visiting detection-dog training centers and even attempting to smell-train her own nose, Horowitz covers the topic of noses-both canine and human-from surprising, novel, and always fascinating angles. Horowitz visited the University of Pennsylvania's 'Working Dog Center', located in an abandoned Dupont Chemical Plant.
And so indeed, why would my beagle do a visual scan if he can find what he wants through the use of sniffed air currents and hearing? It's also suggested that it works so well because it is literally two synapses to get from the scented molecule to the cortex. A dog can smell the past from lingering smells, and smell the future in the sense of approaching storms. And it created a deeper appreciation for the wealth of environmental information Sawyer is processing when he sniffs low and high on our walks. Readers will finish this book feeling that they have smelled into a fourth dimension—breaking free of human constraints and understanding smell as never before; that they have, however fleetingly, been a dog. There is a lot of information. A little long-ish, at times. I have always loved his barnyard smell but now I know the sweet hay smell comes from his paw pads.
And his autopsied body disappears from the morgue. Horowitz, a cognitive scientist who runs the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College and the author of Inside a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, is an exceptional guide into the science of smell as it pertains to both dogs and humans. Sniffing out fog, rain, wind and snow. Along with all the information and anecdotes, the narrative is sprinkled with evocative descriptions of various odors. They ramble, and there was no sense of satisfaction after completion.
Dogs can be trained to find specific scats for analysis, making wildlife population studies much easier and more accurate--and one dog can be trained on up to 20 species. And we too can be smellers, no where close to dogs, but nevertheless good enough to enjoy a new perspective of the world. Certain parasitic liver flukes flatworms for example - which reproduce in sheep - must pass from sheep, to snails, to ants, and back to sheep to complete their entire complicated life cycle. Readers will finish this book feeling that they have broken free of their human constraints and understanding smell as never before; that they have, for however fleetingly, been a dog. In Being a Dog , Alexandra Horowitz, a research scientist in the field of dog cognition and the author of the runaway bestseller Inside of a Dog , unpacks the mystery of a dog's worldview as has never been done before. Smell testing kit Of course a dog's nose is exponentially better than a human nose. More reminiscent of Mary Roach's Gulp than its behavioral-science-heavy predecessor, Being a Dog is at least as much about the author's quest to experience the world through a dog's perceptions as it is about dogs themselves.
Readers will finish this book feeling that they have smelled into a fourth dimension-breaking free of human constraints and understanding smell as never before; that they have, however fleetingly, been a dog. And she does it in a most interesting manner. In fact, what every dog knows about the world comes mostly through his nose. She also trains her own nose, smelling the streets of New York City and using the experts' methods to hone the human ability we all have but rarely use to its full extent. The first few chapters are about the physiology and the psychology of smells. Overrnight, scientists would 'disappear' from their jobs, secretly making their way to Los Alamos, New Mexico where a bomb-making research facility was assembled. I know it's challenging to write a non-textbook about the canine sense of smell for the layperson and Horowitz did a nice job combining research and anecdotes about the subject.